Students are examined to the same standard as LSE internal students. All examination papers are marked by two examiners who are appointed by the University of London on LSE's recommendation, and are externally examined from outside the University.
Each course is assessed by an unseen written examination, although for a small number of courses, mainly Information Systems, a project or coursework also counts towards the assessment. Undergraduate degrees are awarded with First Class Honours, Upper Second Class Honours, Lower Second Class Honours or Third Class Honours.
For each course on the International Foundation Programme you will sit an examination of about two hours. Your results will be given a grade - Pass, Merit or Distinction.
When do examinations take place?
Examinations are held worldwide in May and June each year. Students do not have to enter for examinations every year if they have not had enough time to allocate to their studies. However, students must ensure that their registration is kept valid by payment of a continuing registration fee each year, regardless of whether they sit for examination or not.
For INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION PROGRAMME STUDENTS ONLY exams will take place in late April and in certain circumstances, the Board of Examiners may invite students who meet a specific criteria to resit examination(s) in July of the same year. Further details are available in the International Foundation Programme regulations.
Where can I sit for examinations?
Examinations can be sat at a number of centres in the United Kingdom and in most countries throughout the world. A full list of examination centres in the UK and overseas can be found on the University of London website, here.
Accreditation of prior learning (APL)
Accreditation of prior learning (APL) means that you are not required to take a particular course, or courses, as part of your degree because, in the University's opinion, you have already covered a similar syllabus as part of a previous qualification.
More information can be found on the University of London website, here.
A list of automatic exemptions can be found in the regulations, here.